Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a plant native to tropical Asia; much of the commercial ginger crop is grown in Jamaica. Ginger is generally not grown for its foliage, which lasts only one year, but for its gnarled rhizome, prized for its culinary properties. Ginger is an important ingredient in many dishes including cookies, tea and stir-fry. When growing ginger, remember that it is a tropical plant and will thrive in shady, warm areas.
Cut the ginger rhizomes into 1- to 2-inch-long sections; each section should contain an eye or bud (they look a bit like round knobs). Allow the pieces to dry overnight.
Fill the planting pots with equal parts of compost and potting soil. Push the ginger pieces into the soil, with the eye pointing up, until the tops are barely covered with soil.
Water the soil in the pots until the water runs from the bottom. Allow the pots to drain completely.
Place the pots in a sunny area until the ginger sprouts, then move them to a shadier spot. Keep the soil moist.